William St Andrew Warde-Aldam

Willam St Andrew Warde-Aldam

Title: Willam St Andrew Warde-Aldam
Description: By kind permission of Mark Warde-Norbury by-nc

William St Andrew Warde-Aldam was born to Julia and William in May 1882 in London. William resided at Frickley Hall and Hooton Pagnell Hall with his family, and was educated at Eton, later studying at the University of Cambridge. William’s military involvement began in 1904 when he began his service with the Coldstream Guards. He married Clara McAvoy in Uxbridge in April 1908 and by 1911 was a Lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards, living in Surrey with Clara and their daughter, Mary Betty.

During the First World War William continued his service with the Coldstream Guards and was later attached to the London Regiment. William was wounded in November 1914 and seems to have spent some of his convalescence time at the Hooton Pagnell hospital. In December 1914 William led a group of men and a wounded Colonel out of enemy territory and back to their trenches using only the stars and a compass.  The Doncaster Chronicle reported on this in December 1914 and described Captain Warde-Aldam as ‘possessor of those qualities of leadership and resource which are among the best traditions of the British Officer.’ He was mentioned in despatches for his brave actions. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) while serving as Temporary Lieutenant Colonel in the Coldstream Guards in 1917, and was promoted from Captain to Major in 1918. He remained active in the military after the First World War, including a stint as the Honorary Colonel of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry from 1938 – 1939. William died in September 1958.

One Response to “William St Andrew Warde-Aldam”

  1. Keith Green

    William is mentioned in the book
    “Long ‘Un A Damn Bad Soldier”. By Bernard Livermore. In WW1 the men of 2/20th London served under him. He tried to know all of his men by name, and regularly crawled through the mud of no mans’ land to visit forward observation posts and “crater guard” – guarding the enormous mine craters. He was apparently strict on discipline but fair and caring to the men. He trusted his handpicked NCOs more than the officers posted to him. The men would (and did) follow him in attacks and raids on enemy positions.

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